Chevy Corvette 1955 Technical Specifications

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1955 Chevy Corvette
The New Corvette V8 Engine
  • Years of Manufacture: 1955
  • Number Built: 700
  • Price at Introduction:
    • Base Corvette with six cylinder engine: US$2,774.00
    • Base Corvette with 265 cu. in. 195 hp V8 engine: US$2,909.00
  • Notes:
    • All six cylinder 1955 Corvettes came with the Powerglide automatic transmission.
    • Most of the 1955 V8 Corvettes also came with the automatic
    • Towards the end of the model run a three speed manual transmission was available and approximately 75 1955 Corvettes were so equipped
  • Body:
    • Unitary construction (Monocoque)
  • Models:
    • Roadster
  • ID Location:
    • Left upper door pillar
  • Exterior Dimensions:
    • Total Length: 167 in.
    • Total width: 72.2 in.
    • Height at kerb weight: 52.2 in.
    • Wheelbase: 102.0 in.
    • Front Track: 56.7 in.
    • Rear Track: 58.8 in.
  • Kerb Weight:
    • 2910 lb
  • Transmission (2 Speed Automatic):
    • 1st: 1.82:1
    • 2nd: 1.1:1
    • Reverse: 1.82:1
  • Rear Axle Ratio:
    • 3.55:1
  • 6 Cylinder Inline Engine:
    • Capacity: 235.5 cubic inches
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, upright
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Carter three sidedraft 1-bbl
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.5625 x 3.9375 in.
    • Power: 150 bhp @ 4200rpm
    • Torque: 233 lb-ft @ 2400rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 8.0:1
  • V8 Engine:
    • Capacity: 265 cubic inches
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 8 cylinders in Vee configuration
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, upright
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Carter 4-bbl
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.75 x 3.0 in.
    • Power: 195 bhp @ 5000rpm
    • Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 3000rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 8.0:1
  • Ignition and Electrical:
    • Coil and distributor
  • Suspension:
    • Front: Independent, A-arms, coil springs
    • Rear: Rigid axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs
  • Steering:
    • Rack and pinion, ratio 16:1
    • Turning circle: 36 feet (10.97 metres)
  • Brakes:
    • Front: Hydraulic 11 in. Drum
    • Rear: Hydraulic 11 in. Drum
  • Wheels:
    • Steel disc wheels with safety rims 15 x 5K
  • Tyres:
    • 6.70 x 15 in.
    • Tyre pressure L6: 22/22 psi
    • Tyre pressure V8: 24/24 psi
  • Performance (V8):
    • Standing Quarter Mile: 16.7 secs.
    • Speed at end: 83 mph
    • Top Speed: 118 mph
1955 Chevrolet Corvette V8 Performance
Speed
Time
0-30 mph
3.3 secs.
0-40 mph
4.6 secs.
0-50 mph
6.6 secs.
0-60 mph
8.8 secs.
0-70 mph
11.7 secs.
0-80 mph
15.0 secs.
0-90 mph
19.4 secs.
0-100 mph
25.5 secs.


Corvette Identification Number (Codes and Ranges)
Year
Model
Year
Series
Prefix
Assembly
Plant
Serial
Range
1955
1955
E or VE
St. Louis
001001 - 001700
1953 - 1957 Corvette Offset Colour Codes
Year(s)
Colour
Old Number
Acrylic Offset
1953-1955
Sportsman Red
DAL70418
DDL70966
1953-1957
Polo White
DAL8011
DDL0829
1954-1957
Shoreline Beige
DAL21054
DDL23620
1954-1955
Pennant Blue (Metallic)
DAL11238
DDL13552
1954-1955
Autumn Bronze (Metallic)
DAL21151
DDL22819
1955
Corvette Copper (Metallic)
DAL21207
DDL23393
1955
Harvest Gold
DAL80739
DDL82171
1955
Gypsy Red
DAL70575
DDL71903
1955
Woodland Green (Metallic)
DAL41318
DDL44413
1956-1957
Aztec Copper (Metallic)
DAL21295
DDL21927
1956-1957
Cascade Green
DAL41973
DDL2561
1956-1957
Artic Blue (Metallic)
DAL11537
DDL13150
1956-1957
Venetian Red
DAL70694
DDL71708
**Always test thoroughly any paint substitution
Corvette Options: 1955
RPO
Description
Production
%
US$
100
Directional Signal Indicator
700
100
17
101
Heater
700
100
91
102A
AM Radio (Signal Seeking)
700
100
145
290B
Whitewall Tyres (6.70 x 15)
n/a
n/a
27
313
Powerglide Auto Transmission
n/a
n/a
178
420A
Parking Brake Alarm
700
100
6
421A
Courtesy Lighting
700
100
4
422A
Windshield Washers
700
100
12
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